Orlando Pirates and Blue Bulls team up to do their bit for Madiba

2014-07-18 15:04

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Orlando Pirates and Blue Bulls players teamed up today to play a special game in honour of Nelson Mandela.

“We are here to set an example to young people about the importance of giving back,” said Pirates goalie Senzo Meyiwa.

Meyiwa was joined by more 20 Pirates and Blue Bulls players at a food drive hosted by Vodacom in Joburg to commemorate Mandela Day.

As part of their 67 minutes of doing good, Vodacom is donating food parcels to families in underprivileged areas.

The service provider hopes to donate parcels to more than 50 000 needy families.

Staff members and the public were invited to help pack the donated food into 6.5 litre buckets, which will be given to families countrywide.

Packers were divided into small teams and each team was challenged to try and pack the most parcels in 67 minutes.

Pirates winger Tlou Segolela said sparing 67 minutes of his day was the least he could do considering that “Tata committed his whole life to making South Africa a better place”.

Bulls lock Paul Willemse shared the same sentiments, saying Mandela had taught him that “you can always do something to better your surroundings”.

Team mate Frik Kirsten said one of the biggest contributors to being a good rugby player was having a proper meal.

“You can’t play sport on an empty stomach. That’s why I am so glad that Vodacom is doing this initiative.”

Three hours after packing had started, more than 6 000 parcels had been packed.

Meyiwa said: “I really want to encourage South Africans to go out and do their 67 minutes so that Tata’s legacy never dies.”

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